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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,681 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Kia Soul lights problems

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2012 Kia Soul Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 232014


  • miles


I purchased the vehicle in December and every so often the gauges and the lights in the dash will not work. The vehicle failed to shift into gear. I had contacted the dealer from whom I purchase the vehicle, I then took it to their repair shop. The gentleman (mechanic) was unable to determine the cause. I then called the dealership and requested another vehicle, of course they refused. In a matter of days, the dash materials began to work again. Unfortunately, 20 days later, the same thing happened again. None of the lights and gauges in the dash work, and the vehicle will not go into drive. I am simply unhappy with the matter, because they are charging me nearly $20,000. For the vehicle.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 232012


  • 8,200 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Kia Soul. The contact stated that after a heavy rain, condensation was found in the passenger side head light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,200 and the current mileage was 8,300.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 172012


  • miles
I posted a complaint earlier with the blinker and headlight not working. I took it back to the dealer 3/17/12 it was a loose ground they fixed it and I thank god it was something simple.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #2

Mar 142012


  • 203 miles
Driving home from work turned right blinker on to make turn and noticed the blinker arrow in the instrument cluster stayed on.when I got home I checked the lights and blinker and on the right side the headlight and blinker were not working.I called the dealer and they are going to look at it.I have only had the car 24 hours I will let you know what happens.I am praying it is just something simple.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 092012


  • miles
Not sure if model is 2012 or 2011. A Kia Soul was in front of me at a stop light. The stop lights on the vehicle were so bright as to almost blind me. Is there a national standard that limits the maximum light on brake taillights?

- Renton, WA, USA

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